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  • Texan, Former State Representative, President of College and Consultant Sentenced for Bribery Scheme

    09/18/2018 1:29:00 PM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | Thursday, September 13, 2018
    Texan, Former State Representative, President of College and Consultant Sentenced for Bribery Scheme Springdale, Ark. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, September 13, 2018 A consultant along with his co-conspirators, the President of an Arkansas college and a former Arkansas State Representative, were sentenced in the past week for their roles in a bribery scheme in which state funds were directed to non-profit entities in exchange for kickbacks, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Duane “DAK” Kees for the Western District of Arkansas. Randell G....
  • CEO of Tyson Foods to Step Down for Personal Reasons

    09/18/2018 6:40:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated Sept. 17, 2018 5:41 p.m. ET | By Jacob Bunge
    Tom Hayes was in midst of overhauling strategy for the U.S.’s top meat company; Noel White is chosen by board as successor =========================================================================== yson Foods Inc. said Chief Executive Tom Hayes is leaving at the end of this month for personal reasons, a surprise leadership shift as the top U.S. meat company revamps its strategy to prioritize branded meat products. Tyson said Monday that Noel White, a longtime Tyson executive who has overseen chicken, beef and pork processing, will become its new chief executive. The abrupt change surprised Tyson employees and investors, coming less than two years into Mr. Hayes’s...
  • The 'forgotten' Supreme Court decision and its impact on our politics

    09/10/2018 3:16:03 AM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 9, 2018 | Bill Mears
    Amid the current national debate over immigration policies, racial discrimination, LGBTQ rights, and executive power, the anniversary of an important legal and political dispute that has directly shaped that debate will pass quietly, its legacy all but forgotten. In September 1958, sixty years ago next week, the United States Supreme Court finally earned its hard-fought reputation as a co-equal branch of the federal government, in a courtroom drama filled with urgency and uncertainty. For perhaps the first time, the high court put muscle behind its mandate, asserting in unequivocal terms that its interpretation of the Constitution was the "supreme law...
  • Arkansas highway program marks 5th anniversary

    09/05/2018 2:13:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Pine Bluff Commercial ^ | August 21, 2018 | Special to The Commercial
    The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) marked the fifth anniversary of the Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP). CAP, the 10-year highway improvement program, is busy with construction projects throughout the state, according to a news release. “Since July 2013, ARDOT has completed 11 construction projects and has another six under construction, equating to more than 85 miles of highway and interstate improvements. Another eight projects with 60 miles of widening or new-alignment construction are scheduled for bid openings later this year,” according to the release. CAP is one of the largest highway construction programs ARDOT has conducted. The work is a...
  • Pregnant Woman Who Shot and Killed Intruder Charged for Illegal Possession

    09/03/2018 1:19:14 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 74 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 09/03/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    In December of 2017, Dylan Stancoff forced his way into a home in Ft. Smith Arkansas where Krissy Tran lived with her husband. Tran struggled with the attacker, grabbed one of her husband’s guns and shot Stancoff, killing him. She was pregnant at the time and the shooting was eventually ruled to be justified self-defense by prosecutors. But Tran had a previous run-in with the law. She had a felony conviction on her record from earlier that year. In 2017, (Tran) pleaded guilty to felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. (She...
  • Planning a Trip to SW Missouri and NW Arkansas - Travel Tips Needed VANITY POST

    08/29/2018 2:51:51 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 53 replies
    8/29/18 | MplsSteve
    The wife and I are planning a trip down to southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas in late September/early October. We're planning on hitting some national parks along the way - Fort Scott NHS, George Washington Carver NM, Wilson's Creek NB, etc. It's gonna be a leisurely "We'll leave from Kansas City and start driving and see where we end up" kind of trip. There's no set itinerary other than we'll be down that way for about 5 days or so. I've requested the usual travel guides - state of Arkansas, state of Missouri, Springfield Mo CVB, etc. But I'm looking...
  • Andrea Mitchell Hails McCain for “Giving Cover” to “Accused Draft Dodger” Bill Clinton

    08/27/2018 3:58:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Among the endless encomiums for John McCain on today’s Morning Joe, one stood out: Andrea Mitchell lavishing praise on McCain for, together with John Kerry, giving political “cover” to “accused draft dodger” Bill Clinton. Mitchell: “One of the most sterling parts of his character is the way he grew and changed and reached not just across the aisle but across huge gulfs. And I am really struck by what I was covering back in the ’90s, which was the growing relationship when I was covering the Senate between John Kerry and John McCain, not likely partners on anything when they...
  • Congressman & Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Visits Little Rock, Endorses Clarke Tucker

    08/20/2018 7:43:46 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 5 replies
    Fox 16 ^ | By: Nathan Treece 
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis visited Little Rock Sunday to speak with members of the community at a rally in support of Second Congressional Seat candidate Clarke Tucker, who is running against incumbent Congressman French Hill. Lewis spoke alongside Tucker during a rally held at Philander Smith College, saying, "It doesn't matter if you're Black, White, Latino, Asian American, or Native American - we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters." Congressman Hill released the following statement in response to the Little Rock visit, and to Lewis' endorsement of the Clarke...
  • Missouri couple sentenced for illegal ginseng operation (another Sessions priority)

    08/07/2018 4:27:17 PM PDT · by bkopto · 47 replies
    4029TV News ^ | 8/7/2018 | staff
    A southwest Missouri couple who illegally bought ginseng from Arkansas has been sentenced to a year of probation. The Springfield News-Leader reports 77-year-old Kermit Schofield and his wife, 73-year-old Sandy Schofield were sentenced Tuesday in a courtroom packed with supporters from their hometown. The couple farms and sells herbs in Theodosia, a town of about 250 people near the Missouri-Arkansas border. Federal prosecutors say that between June 2013 and August 2015 the Schofields illegally bought more than 100 pounds of ginseng in Arkansas. Prosecutors say the couple bought the ginseng outside the permitted time frame for purchasing ginseng in Missouri,...
  • Judge Allows Arkansas to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    08/01/2018 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 31, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Arkansas taxpayers won another victory in court Monday when a federal judge rejected Planned Parenthood’s argument against defunding it of Medicaid dollars. Arkansas moved to strip the abortion chain of taxpayer dollars in 2015 after undercover videos exposed Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trade. The abortion chain sued, but in November, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a victory to the state. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker also ruled against the abortion group by rejecting its new request for a preliminary injunction against the state, Arkansas Online reports. Baker is the same judge who initially sided with...
  • 5 Reasons Hillary Clinton Was the Worst Presidential Nominee in History

    07/29/2018 8:56:23 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 28 July 2018 | John Hawkins
    Like every presidential election that liberals lose, years later we’re still hearing about how unfair it all was. Of course, the favorite complaint of liberals this time around is “Russia did it!” Even if you accept for the sake of argument that Russia wanted Trump to win and hacked John Podesta’s email (and neither of those assertions may be true), buying some inconsequential Facebook ads for both sides and revealing the contents of John Podesta’s emails (none of which turned into truly major stories) wasn’t exactly a game changer. Liberals also noted that Hillary would have won had the election...
  • Arkansas man gets life in prison for mutilation, rape

    07/13/2018 11:33:02 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 35 replies
    Chron ^ | 07/13/18
    An Arkansas man who beat and raped a 69-year-old woman leaving her so badly injured that parts of her arms and legs had to be amputated has been sentenced to life in prison. A jury on Thursday found 31-year-old Charles Allen Rickman of Gentry guilty of aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping, battery and two counts of rape. A judge sentenced Rickman to four life sentences plus 20 years, to run consecutively. Testimony showed Rickman pretended to have car trouble and forced his way into the woman's home last October. She had met Rickman when he helped a painter she hired....
  • Arkansas teens taunt toddler with a Taser in Snapchat video

    07/11/2018 11:48:23 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 75 replies
    Daily News ^ | 07/11/18 | Jessica Schladebeck
    Three teen baby-sitters heard laughing in the background of a Snapchat video that allegedly shows them terrorizing a 1-year-old with a Taser have all been arrested. Elyssia Watkins brought her toddler to Conway Regional Medical Center after the troubling video surfaced online Monday. Her daughter was not injured, but she still reported the alleged abuse, sharing the clip with officer Brittani Little the same day. The video “appeared to depict three female teens laughing hysterically while taunting the baby girl with a taser, which caused the child to scream and sob in uncontrollable fear,” according to a press release from...
  • Conservative leader on Huckabee tweet: Where did my friend go?

    06/24/2018 1:19:59 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | By Morgan Gstalter - 06/24/18 | By Morgan Gstalter - 06/24/18
    A top conservative leader criticized former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) for tweeting out a picture of gang members, saying they were House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) “campaign committee.” Bob Vander Plaats, the president and CEO of Iowan conservative group The Family Leader, chastised the former governor on Saturday. “Where did my friend and pastor @GovMikeHuckabee go?” Vander Plaats tweeted. “I want him back. I’ll assume someone hijacked his twitter account.” “He’s way better than this!” He added. Vander Plaats was responding to a tweet from Huckabee on Saturday appearing to link Pelosi with gang members. “Nancy Pelosi introduces...
  • On Father’s Day Danney Williams Calls on Bill Clinton to Take Paternity Test

    06/17/2018 2:53:45 PM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 17, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    The 27-year-old black man from Arkansas put new pressure on the former President and his wife Hillary.
  • Rose McGowan Indicted on Charges of Felony Possession

    06/13/2018 3:43:49 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 36 replies
    IBT on MSN.com ^ | 6/12/18 | Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan
    Actress and activist Rose McGowan was indicted on felony possession of cocaine by a grand jury in Virginia on Monday. She could face up to 10 years behind bars if convicted. The investigation began in January 2017, after cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind on a plane that arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport. An arrest warrant was issued the following month, charging her with possession of a controlled substance. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/rose-mcgowan-indicted-on-charges-of-felony-possession-of-cocaine/ar-AAyxf0Z?OCID=ansmsnnews11
  • Supreme Court allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law

    05/29/2018 12:19:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 29, 2018
    . The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Arkansas to enforce a law restricting medication abortions, rejecting an appeal from the Planned Parenthood affiliate in the state. Planned Parenthood had asked the high court to review an appeals court ruling on the abortion pill rules and reinstate a lower court order that had blocked them from taking effect. The law in question says doctors who provide abortion pills must hold a contract with another physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital, and would agree to handle and treat complications. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had reversed a court...
  • USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    05/27/2018 7:35:51 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 79 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 26 May 2018 | The Associated Press
    HONOLULU — Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said. Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, Hawaii News Now reported . Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious issue.
  • New Hampshire Becomes Fourth State to Require Work for Medicaid

    05/07/2018 4:00:32 PM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | SEAN MORAN
    The Donald Trump administration approved New Hampshire’s waiver, becoming the fourth state to implement work requirements for Medicaid. New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement on Monday: Work requirements help lift able-bodied individuals out of poverty by empowering them with the dignity of work and self-reliability while also allowing states to control the costs of their Medicaid programs. They help people gain the skills necessary for long-term independence and success. Sununu added, “Today’s announcement by CMS authorizing New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirements is a transformative step towards a more thriving workforce.” New Hampshire became the fourth state...
  • Texas sues to stop DACA [updated: there’s a world more info in the article now]

    05/01/2018 2:47:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Lawsuit could undercut 2012 amnesty, end ongoing legal battles over Trump phaseoutTexas and a half-dozen other states filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the legality of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty, opening up a new legal front in the increasingly messy battle over illegal immigration. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in southern Texas, asks judges to rule against the 2012 program that’s granted tentative legal status to more than 800,000 illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”